Brigham Young University-Idaho’s Center Stage lineup includes a variety of acts from Scottish rock to Broadway, and plenty more in between.

The fall semester lineup begins with “An Evening with C.S. Lewis” on Oct. 4 and 5 and ends with “A BYU-Idaho Christmas” on Dec. 1.

“There’s a wide variety, ranging from an African women’s singing group to Ryan Hamilton, a native of Ashton who is now a successful stand-up comedian,” Don Sparhawk, coordinator of Center Stage, said in a BYU-Idaho news release. “We will start the season with an actor who portrays C.S. Lewis and end with our yearly Christmas concert, which will feature Brian Stokes Mitchell.”

Hamilton will return to Idaho for a stand-up comedy show Oct. 27 in the Hart Auditorium. The BYU-Idaho news release said during the past year he has gained more popularity following his comedy special on Netflix.

A free brochure listing all performing arts events at BYU-Idaho is available at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office and the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce or by calling 208-496-2000. Detailed information can also be found on the Center Stage website at

Here is a description of each event from the BYU-Idaho release:

An Evening with C.S. Lewis (My Life’s Journey) is a one-man play about the life of famed British writer C.S. Lewis. Performed by actor David Payne, the play provides a fascinating insight into the life of a man who became a legend in his own lifetime.

Tickets go on sale Monday, $12 for general public.

Featuring two Grammy nominees, Fandango! is a toe-tapping, spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan, and classical sounds performed by award-winning musicians from Spain, the United States, the former Yugoslavia, and the United Kingdom. The group features flutist Eugenia Moliner and guitarist Denis Azabagic, a husband-and-wife team acclaimed worldwide as the Cavatina Duo. Also a married couple, violinist Desirée Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe are members of the Lincoln Trio, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2017.

Tickets go on sale Monday, $12 for general public.

Back for an encore performance, the Scottish band Skerryvore will return this fall to a larger venue. Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music “Live Act of the Year” Award, Skerryvore has been on an amazing journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree to performances in Central Park, New York, The Ryder Cup in Louisville, and the Shanghai Expo in China.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 24, $12 for general public.

Ashton native Ryan Hamilton, a former BYU-Idaho student, recently released his first stand-up comedy special. The one-hour Netflix original “Happy Face” follows a wealth of television appearances and a non-stop headlining tour. Armed with the unique perspective of growing up in rural Idaho to become a favorite in the New York stand-up comedy scene, he’s one-of-a-kind. He’s been named one of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch, and recent appearances include “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Conan,” and opening spots for Jerry Seinfeld.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 24, $20 for general public ($16 extra for preshow dinner at 6 p.m.)

Nobuntu, a female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, Africa, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro jazz to gospel music.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 24, $12 for general public.

Internationally acclaimed cellist Joshua Roman will perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto in B Minor with the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra. As artistic director of TownMusic in Seattle, he has showcased his own eclectic musical influences and chamber music favorites, while also promoting newly commissioned works.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 24, $12 for general public.

The American Brass Quintet is recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 24, $12 for general public.

Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, two-time Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra as this year’s featured guest at the university’s eighth annual Christmas program in the BYU-Idaho Center. Stokes performed in 2011 as the first guest performer of A BYU-Idaho Christmas in the new auditorium following its opening.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 24, $12 for general public.


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